The recent Celestial Ball at Derby Museums raised in excess of £11,000 towards the Museums’ £1million Endowment Campaign, which was then doubled by the Heritage Lottery Fund to an amazing £23,000.

Billed as a night of sparkle and stars, the Celestial Ball paid tribute to the beautiful constellation drawings of John Flamsteed in Derby Museums’ collections. The black-tie event sold out weeks in advance and welcomed 167 guests to the Museums’ newly opened space on The Wardwick on Saturday 10th November.

With auction lots ranging from a spa afternoon to a writing masterclass and VIP football tickets, the annual event raised over £11,000 towards Derby Museums’ Heritage Endowments Fund, which was then doubled to £23,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund, helping secure the long term future of Derby Museums.

Tony Butler, Executive Director of Derby Museums said:

“We are very thankful to everyone who supported this event. The Endowment Fund enables us to ensure our collections inspire, engage and educate for generations to come, so that our children’s children can also find wonderment in the Egyptian Mummies, inspiration through Joseph Wright or imagine what Derbyshire was like when hippos swam in our river. Our collections belong to the people of Derbyshire and this campaign will help to ensure that they always do.”

Every year it costs £1.8million to run Derby Museums, conserve its collections and host its programme of exhibitions, events, talks and activities. Over the next three years Derby Museums is continuing to raise £1 million that will be matched pound for pound by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This will create a £2 million Endowment Fund that will be permanently invested to provide an income to support Derby Museums’ long term future.